Nicholas Stern

Sir Nicholas Stern is a Senior Advisor at the IGC. He is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics. He is also an Associate of the STICERD Economic Organisation and Public Policy programme.

After 25 years in academic life, he was chief economist of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and head of the Government Economic Service and second permanent secretary at HM Treasury. He was the principal author of the report of the Commission for Africa published in 2005 and led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in October 2006. In October 2007 he was appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party political peer. He became the 29th President of the British Academy in July 2013, in succession to Sir Adam Roberts.

His personal website is

Content by Nicholas Stern
  • Blog post

    The case for scaling up renewable energy investments in fragile and conflict-affected situations

    The impressive drop in the cost of clean technologies and the local practical potential of solar PV are making renewable energy an increasingly viable option from an economic perspective in fragile settings. Clean energy investment also has direct implications for tackling climate change, improving the socioeconomic inclusion of marginalised groups, and state-building –...

    4 Nov 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto , Nicholas Stern, Charlotte Taylor

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Priorities for renewable energy investment in fragile states

    State fragility is strongly linked to prevalent climate hazards and poor energy access. Conflict, poverty, and poor governance increase countries’ vulnerability to climate change threats, while access to electricity – especially renewable – is lowest in fragile settings. Four key factors make the scaling of renewable energy investment in fragile and...

    4 Nov 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto , Nicholas Stern, Charlotte Taylor

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The global energy and growth challenge

    28 Jul 2015